Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2010
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Table of Contents
- Collision and Casualties 1991–2010
- Fatalities and Injuries by age Group 2010
- Fatalities by user Class 2006-2010
- Fatalities 1991–2010
- Casualty Rates 2010
- Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Age Group 2010
- Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and by Age 2010
- Licensed Drivers and Motor Vehicle Registrations by Type of Vehicle (In Thousands) 1991–2010
- Percentage of Fatally Injured Drivers Tested and Found to Have Been Drinking (BAC* >0 mg%) 1991–2010
- Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries Where Victims Were not Using Seat Belts 2006–2010
- Percentage of Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Road User Class 2010
- Number of Collisions by Location 2010
Transport Canada's National Collision Database (NCDB) contains data on all reportable motor vehicle collisions in Canada that the provinces and territories provide each year. Every year, the number of fatalities and serious injuries on Canada's roads continue to decrease despite the fact that the number of vehicles continue to increase.The year 2010 saw fewer motor vehicle casualty collisions in Canada than in previous years. The number of motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries also continued their downward trend. In fact, they were the lowest since the data were first collected in the early 1970's.The federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada work to improve road safety to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries and to achieve the safest roads in the world.
- In 2010, the number of motor vehicle fatalities was 2,227; down slightly from 2,230 in 2009.
- The downward trend for serious injuries continued as well, dropping to 11,226 in 2010; down 5.1 per cent from 2009 (11,829).
- The number of fatalities per 100,000 population was 6.5 in 2010, slightly lower than 6.6 in 2009.
- Young driver and passenger fatalities continued to be very noticeable in motor vehicle collision statistics. Nearly 23 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities were 15-to-24 year olds in 2010, even though this age group makes up only 13 per cent of the Canadian population.
- In 2010, while about 57 per cent of fatal collisions took place on rural roads, 73 per cent of recorded injury collisions took place in urban areas.
Collision and Casualties 1991–2010
|FatalFootnote 1||Personal InjuryFootnote 2||FatalitiesFootnote 3||Serious InjuriesFootnote 4||InjuriesFootnote 5 (Total)|
|2007||2,462||138,612Footnote r||2,755Footnote r||14,235Footnote r||192,744Footnote r|
|2008||2,182||127,648Footnote r||2,434Footnote r||12,722Footnote r||176,455Footnote r|
|2009||2,011||123,516Footnote r||2,230Footnote r||11,829Footnote r||171,415Footnote r|
Fatalities and Injuries by Age Group 2010
|Age groups (Yrs)||Fatalities||Serious Injuries||Injuries (Total)|
Fatalities by User Class 2006-2010
|Road User Class||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010|
|Drivers||#||1,519Footnote r||1,434Footnote r||1,316Footnote r||1,172Footnote r||1,148|
|%||52.9Footnote r||52.1Footnote r||54.1Footnote r||52.6Footnote r||51.5|
|Passengers||#||617Footnote r||608Footnote r||498Footnote r||442Footnote r||480|
|%||21.5Footnote r||22.1Footnote r||20.5Footnote r||19.8Footnote r||21.6|
|Pedestrians||#||371Footnote r||375Footnote r||305Footnote r||317Footnote r||296|
|%||12.9Footnote r||13.6Footnote r||12.5Footnote r||14.2Footnote r||13.3|
|Bicyclists||#||75Footnote r||66Footnote r||43Footnote r||44Footnote r||60|
|%||2.6Footnote r||2.4Footnote r||1.8Footnote r||2.0Footnote r||2.7|
|MotorcyclistsFootnote *||#||217Footnote r||222Footnote r||219Footnote r||198Footnote r||189|
|%||7.6Footnote r||8.1Footnote r||9.0Footnote r||8.9Footnote r||8.5|
|Not Stated/Other||#||71Footnote r||50Footnote r||53Footnote r||57Footnote r||54|
|%||2.5Footnote r||1.8Footnote r||2.2Footnote r||2.6Footnote r||2.4|
|Total||#||2,870Footnote r||2,755Footnote r||2,434Footnote r||2,230Footnote r||2,227|
Casualty Rates 2010
|Per 100,000 Population1||Per Billion Vehiclekilometers2||Per 100,000 Licensed Drivers|
Notes: Vehicle Kilometres data for 2010 were estimated using average annual growth rates for the previous five years.
Data for Ontario are preliminary.
Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Age Group 2010
|Age Group (Yrs)||Drivers||Passengers||Drivers||Passengers|
Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and by Age 2010
|Age Group (Yrs)||Males||Females||Total|
Licensed Drivers and Motor Vehicle Registrations by Type of Vehicle (In Thousands) 1991–2010
|Licensed Drivers1||Light Duty Vehicles2||Commercial Vehicles3||Motorcycles4|
Note: Vehicle Registration data for 2010 were estimated using average annual growth rates for the previous three years.
1989 to 1998: Statistics Canada, Catalogue No. 53-219, "Road Motor Vehicles - Registrations".
From 1999, the motor vehicle registration data are from Statistics Canada, CANSIM, Table 405-0004.
From 1999 the licensed driver data were provided by each jurisdiction.
The decline in police reporting in British Columbia in years 1996 through 2004 has affected the British Columbia totals and, to a lesser extent, national totals reported in this publication.
Percentage of Fatally Injured Drivers Tested and Found to Have Been Drinking (BAC* >0 mg%) 1991–2010
Note: 2010 data are preliminary.
Source: The alcohol crash problem in Canada, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries Where Victims Were not Using Seat Belts 2006–2010
Note: "Serious Injuries" include victims admitted to hospital for treatment or observation.
Percentage of Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Road User Class 2010
|Road User Class||Fatalities||Serious Injuries|
|Not Stated / Other||2.4||2.5|
Number of Collisions by Location 2010
Note: In Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, "urban" includes any area within the corporate boundaries of a city, town, village or hamlet. "Rural" includes any area outside of what is defined as "urban".
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